Vehicles, Past and Present
This Peugeot 404, is almost identical the old rusted out 1971 404 which was my first car.
Along with the many cars I have owned was this 1995 Camaro Z28 with a 350 LT1 engine. Loved that car!
After the Camaro, I got a 2002 Wrangler X, 5 speed, Dana 35 in the front, Dana 44 limited slip in the rear. I put larger BFG A/T tires on it. That Jeep was a lot of fun. Since driving the new '07+ JK, I can definitely see a 2dr Rubicon in my future. I owned '84 & '85 CJ7's in the past as well.
I guess this '99 vette is a slight improvement from the 404 ;^)
The Z06 repro wheels and tires were purchased at Discount Tires. They did a great job installing them and the tire pressure sensors. The car is a 1999 model and I'm keeping it fairly stock. I would like to do a stage 1 performance upgrade some time in the near future, such as; exhaust, cold air intake & programming.
The Corvette when I purchased it in Round Rock, TX with the factory "wagon wheels".
The online ad for it, which reeled me in....
Back from a rainy day ride:
A little more sun in these March 2006 pictures..
Well, career changes dictated the sale of the Corvette on 11/8/6. It went to a very nice couple from Portland, OR. They have a 2000 coupe that is a nice counterpoint to the 'vert. Although I was sad to see it go, I'm happy it's going to a good home. My replacement vehicle is somewhat larger, heavier and sloooower:
Well, I guess I went to another extreme! I traded the truck for the H3 below, but before you question my sanity, here's why: Diesels are very expensive to maintain and some of the limitations of them did not fit with the intended mission of my vehicle. You cannot idle them for hours as I need to, as it causes problems with injectors up to engine problems (At least this was the case with the Dodge Ram I had). Also, the common rail injectors don't last forever (I hear 100k miles and you are on borrowed time). Many upgrades were needed to make the truck 100% solid, like a FASS fuel pump, transmission upgrades, front hub replacements, ect. I just didn't need the capabilities and cost associated of this truck. The H3 was selected because of it's offroad capabilities, room inside (with the seats down) and host of features like XM, Onstar, sunroof, fulltime AWD and fuel economy.
Some ongoing upgrades to the H3: a brushguard which was acquired on eBay for $10! (+ $80 shipping) and my old mudflaps from the Ram.
Here it is in Aug 2007 with the Motometal 951B wheels and the 18' travel trailer I pull.
My tireless Taco has evolved from a bonestock truck to a lightly lifted work truck. I bought Cragar Soft 8 steel rims and swapped the 75/205/15 tires for Goodyear Wranglers, 75/215/15 size. I had the tube bumpers and tailgate (original stolen) built by Brian of Beefed Taco in Fallbrook, CA. Very happy with his work.
I sold the 2004 Tacoma to a friend when I purchased my 2008 Tacoma 4X4. I hated to sell it as it has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned, new or used. I needed more power and 4X4 for the dirt roads of the oilfield. The power was needed to haul the camper around. Please see my Adventure Vehicle link for the whole story.